Tuesday, 14 June 2016

At JCU Collegiality overrules empirical evidence.

James Cook University has decreed that collegiality overrules empirical evidence.
Let's examine these terms:
Collegiality is the relationship between colleagues.
Colleagues are those explicitly united in a common purpose and respecting each other's abilities to work toward that purpose. A colleague is an associate in a profession or in a civil or ecclesiastical office.
Empirical evidence is information acquired by observation or experimentation. This data is recorded and analysed by scientists and is a central process as part of the scientific method.
That's right, James Cook University is a place of education that ignores empirical evidence.

How did this come about?

As the great journalist Graham Lloyd reported in The Australian
When marine scientist Peter Ridd suspected something was wrong with photographs being used to highlight the rapid decline of the Great Barrier Reef, he did what good scientists are supposed to do: he sent a team to check the facts. 
After attempting to blow the whistle on what he found — healthy corals — Professor Ridd was censured by James Cook University and threatened with the sack. After a formal investigation, Professor Ridd — a renowned campaigner for quality assurance over coral research from JCU’s Marine Geophysics Laboratory — was found guilty of “failing to act in a collegial way and in the academic spirit of the institution”.
So, the academic spirit of  James Cook University is to promote false science rather than empirical evidence.

Image if, when Barry Marshall discover the true cause of peptic ulcers, he fell in line with the collegiality of medical experts who all agreed that peptic ulcers were caused by stress. There would be many people suffering from ulcers now.

Back to Graham Lloyd's article

Professor Ridd poses the question: “Is the situation in marine science likely to be worse than in medicine and pharmaceuticals, psychology, education? Do we have a decent system of replication and checking of results? 
“Is there a chance that many marine scientists are partially driven by ideology? Is there a chance that peer review among this group is self-selecting of the dominant idea? Is there a robust debate without intimidation?” 
Professor Ridd wants an independent agency to check the science before governments commit to spending hundreds of millions of dollars.
This is another example of the Pushers of the Man Made Global warming Hoax running scared as the pillars of the hoax crumble.

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See also: Judith Curry's Climate etc - 

A new definition of academic misconduct


  1. What is going on? This just elevates the insanity of these hysterical loonies to a completely new dimension. They should just close all of our education facilities - the mass indoctrination project is obviously complete, so what else really matters now? There's nothing more to learn - the masses all know and are resigned to the fact that the world is going to end VERY soon, (because they will MAKE it so). No fossil fuel energy = no industry, no jobs, no economy, no food, homelessness, anarchy = NO LIFE. (Although they are too clueless to even think to that shallow depth of reasoning).

    If one were to travel to some distant world and told this story to the alien beings that resided there, they wouldn't believe it! But then they'd probably concur saying "Well you must be telling the truth - you couldn't possibly make this nonsense up"!

    Seriously though, I hope both Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt make lots of (ridiculing) noise about this one. While they can still legally do so...

    If these CAGW Jeremiahs were at all fair-dinkum about this nonsense and were really so concerned about the damage human beings are doing to the precious planet Earth, they would all just leave it and go somewhere else to create their clean, green utopia, because according to them we're all going to die soon anyway! Unless they genuinely believe their ridiculous 'renewable energy' sources are viable substitutes for the fossil fuel based energy (and CO2) they have demonized, yet still depend upon as much as everyone else, (whilst too stupid to even realize how much they do). If they do believe that: sorry greenies we're even MORE likely to perish en masse! They're so mind bogglingly clueless! NOTHING is happening, there is NOTHING to mitigate at least nothing that humans are doing.
    Trillions of dollars already invested and still trillions more yet to be invested, on USELESS, ineffective 'green energy'. To mitigate NOTHING and to replace something that was already doing a splendid job of providing us a wonderful lifestyle that they want NOBODY to enjoy.

    If they stay here for too much longer spreading their doomsday hysteria: we really will be doomed. They must want that, because according to them - "the science is settled": those wicked human beings and their modern fossil fuel based energy and destructive lifestyles that depend on it, are the mortal disease that has infected the precious planet.

    Our whole society has become one massive loony bin!

    1. Well said. How can we be expected to believe these Universities when this is the way they do things? I think that this has diminished the whole scientific industry. So disappointed with James Cook University in North Queensland!!! My daughter went there to do her science degree too!!


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